Resolutions and the New Year

Do you have resolutions this year? Did you make any? I was listening to a vlogger on YouTube today and he was talking about his new year’s resolutions and how this year he was planning on making resolutions that would be friendly to him. About making resolutions that are attainable.

I have made resolutions and promptly broke them. This year I am not so sure I will. I have given up coffee out of a monetary necessity. So that resolution will stand. Getting into shape? Feeling better about myself is an ongoing resolution and the fact that I have been working on it the past 4 months, well I can only say I like that resolution and I can keep that one. It’s the not spending money willy-nilly that will get me in the butt, again this is going to be helped by outside influences. And the greatest one? Get the four books that are running around in my head out of my head and on to the computer.

It’s one of those write, just write. Everything else will fall into place.

But where did resolutions come from? How did they get started? Why?

New Years was a celebration of the beginning, celebrated before Christ but not always on January 1st. Calendars were rewritten to get the necessary days in needed to make the days stretch. The links below will lead you to a few places I found that concerned the questions above.

(I think maybe I’m not doing well with this…) 😀

Now the bad part of this? I actually started writing this blog on Tuesday and promptly had a Starbuck’s Chai on Wednesday. Oops… Maybe I should change that to a Starbucks once a month?

And well I am being a horrible blogger this time around. I pulled out some pieces I felt were interesting from the pages and blogs I found below. All about resolutions, success rates, how we don’t fail, just restart. ‘Cept for the last link. That one is history including a Pope and Julius Ceasar. (#notplagiarizing) Excuse my poor citations, I have not yet learned how to get them in order. I need to go find and example again.

“A New Year’s resolution is a tradition, most common in the Western Hemisphere but also found in the Eastern Hemisphere, in which a person makes a promise to do an act of self-improvement or something slightly nice, such as opening doors for people beginning from New Year’s Day.[1]”

“The most common reason for participants failing their New Years’ Resolutions was setting themselves unrealistic goals (35%), while 33% didn’t keep track of their progress and a further 23% forgot about it. About one in 10 respondents claimed they made too many resolutions.”

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_Year’s_resolution; New Year’s resolution; Wikipedia® is a registered trademark of the Wikimedia Foundation, Inc.,;8 January 2015; January 14, 2015

Your New Year’s Resolution Can Start Anytime
Posted: 01/09/2015 5:22 pm EST Updated: 01/09/2015 5:59 pm EST

“So, to all who set New Year’s resolutions (but already broke them), there is good news! There are still many more days to complete your 2015 goals. No one said a resolution would be easy (that’s probably why you made it and broke it in the first place). There will be missteps and rough patches that will come up. Regardless of any setbacks, continue to push towards your goals. The year is still young. Plus, even if it wasn’t, there is no set time to start or change someone about yourself or the world around you. Change can and will happen regardless of the date it is started on.”

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/andrew-benkovic/your-new-years-resoluatio_b_6431670.html

January 14, 2015; Huffpost Good News; Andrew Benkovic; Freelance Writer from Riverside, Penn.

This is where you will find all the history:

http://www.history.com/topics/holidays/new-years

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